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Practical Geodesy for Surveyors

Description This seminar is intended as a basic to intermediate level course for practicing surveyors and/or technicians who, like the presenter, are coming to terms with the idea that the earth is not flat.
Status Open
Number of Days 1
Start Time 8:00 AM
Begin Date 06/22/2012
End Date 06/22/2012
Early Reg: 06/22/2012

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Location name: New England Water Works Association
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City: Holliston
State: MA
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Online Registration is no longer available but we do have more space. Please contact Diana at dgadsby@engineers.org if you want to register.
  Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers
Everything you always wanted to know about geodesy
but were afraid to ask
Practical Geodesy for Surveyors  
A. Richard Vannozzi, MS, PLS
Friday, June 22, 2012
New England Water Works Association
125 Hopping Brook Road, Holliston, MA
Members*: $180; Non-members: $230
  * Members of CALS, MSLS, NHLSA, NYSAPLS, RISPLS and VSLS can attend for the MALSCE Member rate.
This seminar is intended as a basic to intermediate level course for practicing surveyors and/or technicians who, like the presenter, are coming to terms with the idea that the earth is not flat.  Attendees will come to understand the implications of this  round earth  phenomenon on their measurements, mapping and those other aspects of their daily practice which are being impacted by the sweeping changes afoot in our profession.
Topics to be covered:
  • Basic geodesy terminology
  • Distance and angular measurement
  • Reference ellipsoids
  • Datums and projections
  • Vertical datums and height measurement
The objective of this seminar is to provide attendees with foundational knowledge in the area of geodesy accessible for application to their daily practice. As we transition from a flat world view to a round earth view in the practice of surveying, use of much of the equipment and mapping tools, (e.g. GPS and GIS software) require the application of geodetic principles in order to properly complete a project. This seminar will focus on those situations where surveyors most often have questions when utilizing these new technologies. Attendees will be able to better understand their responsibilities in those situations where previously they worked under plane surveying assumptions and now they must make sure to properly account for geodetic considerations in their work.
Attendees are required to bring a scientific calculator and should be prepared to complete small, in class problems throughout the day.
NOTE: Attendees are encouraged to obtain a copy of ?Introduction to Geometrical and Physical Geodesy: Foundations of Geomatics? by Thomas H. Meyer (ESRI Press, 2010, ISBN: 9781589482159) for continued learning. The textbook is being recommended for post-seminar further study and is NOT REQUIRED for attendance at the seminar. The seminar notes will merely cross-reference the text to facilitate further study.
The earth is flat and the edge is everywhere.  -  anonymous
Seminar Speaker:
A. Richard Vannozzi, MS, PLS
Department of Civil Technology/Surveying & Mapping, Thompson School of Applied Science, University of New Hampshire  
Mr. Vannozzi is a graduate of the University of Maine where he earned a BS in Forestry with High Honors with concentrations in both Forest Management and Surveying in 1984 and an MS in Forestry (with a surveying emphasis) in 2006. He is also a doctoral candidate in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (NRE) at the University of Connecticut. He is registered as a Professional Land Surveyor in Massachusetts. He is a Past-President and active member of MALSCE where he serves on the Professional Development Committee and represents MALSCE on the NSPS Board of Governors. He was named MALSCE's Surveyor of the Year in 1998.
Before reorienting his career to focus on surveying education in 2003,  Mr. Vannozzi worked in private practice for 19  years specializing in ancient boundary retracement, boundary dispute resolution and title, boundary and zoning litigation.
Registration Deadline:  Monday, June 18, 2012
Information/Registration: You can register for this seminar and pay by credit card online by clicking on the "Register" button above. To register online for this seminar at the MALSCE member rate, login using your MALSCE assigned username and password.  If you do not know your MALSCE member login information or if you need help registering online call 617/227-5551.
You can also register by downloading and completing a seminar brochure/registration form using the link above and faxing or mailing it with payment to MALSCE, The Engineering Center, One Walnut Street, Boston, MA 02108-3616, Fax: 617/227-6783. Registration fee includes two snack breaks, lunch and all seminar handouts. A 50% refund will be given for cancellations made by June 18. No refunds will be given after this date. No-shows will be billed.
Continuing Education: This seminar is worth 6.5 professional development hours (subject to state-specific exclusions; seek clarification from appropriate state authorities). All seminar participants will receive a certificate documenting attendance at the end of the seminar. Please complete the registration form with your legal name; address and other contact information so that you will be properly identified on the certificate.
Tax Information: Expenses incurred for education undertaken to maintain and improve professional skills (including travel, meals and lodging) may be tax-deductible.
Location: The New England Water Works Association is located at 125 Hopping Brook Road, Holliston, MA  01746.  Driving Directions - from the south: take I-495 North to Exit 19. Head East on 109 towards Medway. Travel about 0.4 mile, and turn left onto Clark Street.  Proceed on Clark Street for about 1.7 miles (Clark Street turns into South Street) until you get to stop sign.  Turn right onto Route 16 East.  Turn right into Hopping Brook Park, 100 yards on the right.  125 Hopping Brook Road is first building on the right.  

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